Happy to Be Different

Happy to Be Different

Showtimes

Film runs Tue, Jun 10 through Wed, Jun 11.

Happy to Be Different
Felice chi è diverso | Gianni Amelio, 2014
Italy | Italian with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 93 minutes

A moving and enlightening work of oral history, Gianni Amelio’s new documentary is a chronicle of gay life in Italy from the fall of Fascism through the early 1980s. Amelio combines interviews with a wide range of older gay Italian men (including Pasolini muse Ninetto Davoli), newsreel footage, and clips from “educational” films warning against homosexuality, and in the process reveals a profound gap between the subjects’ firsthand experiences and the Italian media’s representations of them. The resulting film is a deeply personal account of the advent of gay culture amid the ruins of Mussolini’s Italy and the eternally poignant story of how persecuted individuals developed pragmatic ways to attain everyday happiness.

Series: Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2014

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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